Spectres and haunted houses are back in Hollywood fashion. After the return of Ghostbusters, a new band of spirit-chasers go after the paranormal in The Ghost Team. While both films are comedies, BBC's recent series The Living and the Dead about spooky goings-on in a Somerset village was a darker affair.
But are ghosts merely the stuff of fiction and computer-generated imagery?
Korach was one of the villains of the Bible. He fomented a coup against Moses and Aaron, accusing them of arrogance, of despotic exploitation of the people. "All the congregation are holy and God is in their midst!", he protested. "Why then would you exalt yourselves over the community of God?" (Numbers 16:3.)
Moses tried to reason with Korach and his followers, but to no avail.
Current discussion about Jewish free schools has centred on one aspect: their admissions policy. Under the regulations, they can reserve only half their places for Jewish children and, in theory, the rest may come from other faiths. Unhappy with this state of affairs, the Chief Rabbi is lobbying for lifting the 50 per cent cap.
The women's section, the ezrat nashim, is the most prominent feature distinguishing Orthodox synagogues from those of other movements. Orthodox men and women pray separately and, in almost all cases, the Torah reading takes place in the men's section.
Louis Jacobs was the last kind of Anglo-Jewish rabbi who was a rational thinker, an outstanding academic and a traditional talmudist; an alumnus of the Gateshead Kollel and a pupil of the outstanding Rav Dessler.
He was senior lecturer at the now defunct Jews' College, where Torah and academia co-existed. He was expected to follow Isidore Epstein as its head.
Among the themes of Megillat Ruth, which we read on Shavuot next week, we see an emphasis on names and lineage. In the aftermath of a devastating famine, a man called Elimelech, whose name means "my God is King", has left his home in Bet-lechem (Bethlehem), which means the "house of bread".